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Endometriosis UK calls on election candidates to support those with endometriosis

Endometriosis UK is calling on election candidates to stand up for the 1 in 10 women and those assigned female at birth with endometriosis in the UK.

“It currently takes an average of 8 years and 10 months to get a diagnosis of endometriosis in the UK. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gynaecology waiting lists have increased by over 60%: the biggest increase in any specialism. Right now in England alone, there are nearly 600,000 people on gynaecology waiting lists.

The impact of lengthy NHS waiting times on those with endometriosis cannot be overstated. Living with endometriosis and in chronic pain can have a devastating effect on both physical and mental health; impacting people’s relationships, careers, finances and more. Plus, without treatment, endometriosis can progress and worsen.

This is why we are calling on all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates standing in the UK general election to speak up for the 1 in 10 women and those assigned female at birth living with endometriosis in the UK”.

We are calling for all UK Governments to:

  • Commit to a target of an average diagnosis time for endometriosis of 1 year or less by 2030
  • Recognise the scale of endometriosis as a common and chronic disease and provide sufficient resources to manage the disease accordingly
  • Fully implement commitments on compulsory menstrual wellbeing education in all schools for all pupils
  • Fund research into new treatments and effective management of endometriosis as part of their investment into women’s health.”

For further information, download our Briefing for Election Candidates.

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As a registered charity, Endometriosis UK are completely independent and will never promote, or be seen to promote, any political party or candidate. We follow all guidance and laws set out by the Charity Commission, and the Electoral Commission, and we understand that this is vitally important for public trust in charities. During this General Election we will continue to speak up for the legitimate interests of everyone affected by endometriosis across the UK. Endometriosis UK will promote respect, tolerance and consideration for others, reflecting our trusted standing as a charity.